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Street Closure for Grande Parade

Main Street Port Clinton will host the Walleye Festival Grande Parade presented by Civilian Marksmanship Program on Saturday, May 24, at 1 p.m. This year’s new and improved parade route brings spectators even closer to the Walleye Festival and through the center of the historic downtown. 

The CMP Grande Parade begins at the Port Clinton High School and heads west on 10th Street, north on Madison, east on Perry Street, south on Jefferson Street and back to the High School.

To accommodate this event, the 100 block of East Perry Street will be closed no longer than one hour for the parade with the detours being set up at Perry Street at Fulton Street for the east to Wilcox Road and Perry Street at Monroe Street for the west to Fremont Road.

If you have any questions, contact Main Street Port Clinton at 419-734-5503 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Still time to recycle your old tennis shoes at PCHS

The Port Clinton High School Environmental Science Club is still collecting worn tennis shoes for the Nike Re-Use-A-Shoe program. The shoes will be collected until June 1. Drop off locations are at Port Clinton High School, Port Clinton Middle School, Bataan Primary & Intermediate, Immaculate Conception School and Ida Rupp Library. The club has set a goal to collect 500 pairs of shoes. Don't leave your tracks on the world and donate your shoes.

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Calling all OSU fans

The Buckeye Mobile Tour is bringing the Buckeye experience to Port Clinton at the Walleye Festival. The tour brings Buckeye-branded vehicles, interactive games and inflatables. Don't miss the Buckeye Mobile Tour on Saturday, May 24 from 1-5 p.m. 

For more information, please visit walleyefestival.com.

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Stamp out Hunger thank you

To the Community of Danbury Township and the Letter Carriers of the Marblehead-Lakeside Post Office,

Thank you for your generosity of donated food items through the National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive. Thank you to our Letter Carriers who had to pick up and deliver the massive amount of food that was donated. Your time and effort is greatly appreciated.

The Danbury Food Pantry has been serving Danbury Township residents for 31 years and would not be able to do so if not for the community being involved through our local churches and programs such as this food drive. The food pantry on average serves 57 families a month providing three days of emergency food as well as hygiene items that families can’t buy with food stamps. The food pantry operates on the third Saturday of the month, 8:30-10 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Proof of residence and proof of need is required to apply and the HEAP financial guidelines are followed.

Again, thank you to all who participated in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

Janine Dress, Chair of the Danbury Food Sharing Program

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Escorted pilot tells how Tuskegee Airmen “Rise Above”

First Lieutenant Clyde Gilbert and Dr. Harold Brown.

The CAF Red Tail Squadron “Rise Above” Traveling Exhibit was at the Liberty Aviation Museum May 15-17. The exhibit offered a great opportunity to educate the young and the seasoned about the Tuskegee Airmen. It serves as not only an education tool, but as a venue for veterans to meet and share stories about their military service.

B-24 pilot Melvin Shafer of the 15th Air Force was at the exhibit on Saturday. Shafer served three years in the Air Force and currently resides in Fremont. “I was escorted by the Tuskegee Airmen on many occasions; they would always be right there where you could see them.”

Shafer was in Italy and would go through Hungry and Austria and took comfort in being escorted by the Tuskegee Airmen. He said that other escort squadrons would stay far ahead when the Tuskegee Airmen would hang close.

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CMP offers free BB gun demos at Walleye Festival

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) will once again offer free BB gun demonstrations at the 34th Annual Walleye Festival at Port Clinton’s Waterworks Park.

Kids of all ages, including supervised kids under 18, are welcome to visit the CMP’s portable BB gun range on the festival grounds and try their hand at some old-time marksmanship fun.

Dana Bacak-Lynd, CMP Assistant General Manager and Walleye Festival Chairman, said the CMP is looking forward to participating in the parade again and opening its mobile BB gun range to festival patrons. “It’s a pleasure to join with our local friends from Ottawa County and to see so many visitors from outside the area at the Walleye Festival,” Bacak-Lynd said.

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East Harbor hosts Friday Night Music Fest

East Harbor State Park will be hosting a Friday night Music Fest. The first event will be Friday, May 23, from 6-8:30 p.m., in front of the Camp Store. The band Classic Trendz will play for free, but will accept donations. The event is open to the public. Visitors are asked to park in the grass parking lot near the Camp Store.

Classic Trendz is a two piece vocal duo that sings up-beat hits. They are popular in this area and have a busy schedule.

Pizza, snacks, beverages and Toft’s ice cream will be available for purchase at the Camp Store.

For further information, call 419.734.4424, ext. 2. 

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ICS announces Art Show winners

The Art Show at Immaculate Conception School in Port Clinton last weekend was a testament to the talent and creativity of the students at ICS. There were realistic pieces, sculptures, pottery pieces, weavings, and much more. Anyone who took the time to browse the art was amazed by the unique projects and the ability of the students. The art was judged last Friday by an outside artist and ribbons were awarded for first, second and third place. Several other pieces received “art achievement” ribbons for outstanding effort. Many pieces from the show will be sent to the Ottawa County Fair to be displayed and judged this summer. The show was organized by art teacher Joni Hoffman. 

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Lake Erie Arty Party Memorial Day weekend

This Memorial Day weekend hosts the second year of the Lake Erie Arty Party in downtown Port Clinton. This public art market will be held Saturday, May 24–Sunday, May 25. The Party will take place at the Clinton House, 106 W. Perry Street, and an adjacent lot, near the corner of Perry and Madison Streets, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

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